NHL Rumor Mill – December 27, 2017

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The NHL holiday trade freeze ends at midnight tonight. Here’s the latest on the Penguins, Islanders,  Bruins and Canadiens in the rumor mill. 

ANOTHER MOVE COMING FOR THE PENGUINS?

SPORTSNET: The ongoing struggles of the defending Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins could force general manager Jim Rutherford to consider a roster shakeup. Insider Nick Kypreos said he’s heard defenseman Kris Letang’s name bandied about. The blueliner has struggled since returning from neck surgery last season. The fact the Pens won the Cup last season without Letang could make moving the rearguard more palatable for Rutherford. He’s got four more seasons left on his contract with an annual cap hit of $7.25 million and the Pens would love to shed some salary. 

If the Pens shop Letang, Elliotte Friedman believes they’ll want two forwards, a center and a winger, in return. Blueliner Ian Cole also remains a potential trade candidate. Letang’s health remains a concern. 

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cited Friedman’s appearance last Friday on Edmonton’s 630 CHED discussing the possibility of the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres becoming a trade match. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if Rutherford has Sabres’ winger Evander Kane on his radar. 

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks can see Ottawa Senators center Derick Brassard “energizing the Penguins and thriving in Pittsburgh”. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Moving Letang’s hefty contract is difficult, but as the Dion Phaneuf trade in Feb. 2016 proved, it’s not impossible to trade a defenseman with a big contract and a modified no-trade clause. The difference between the two, however, is the concern over Letang’s health. Since 2008-09, he was frequently sidelined by numerous injuries, as well as a heart ailment that put him on the shelf for 26 games in 2013-14. That could be the biggest trade impediment.

As for pursuing Kane, Rutherford could face tough odds prying him away from the Sabres right now. Buffalo GM Jason Botterill could retain the pending UFA left winger until the Feb. 26 trade deadline in hopes of driving up his value in the trade market. The Penguins won’t be the only club chasing him. The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks are two Western clubs that could have serious interest in Kane.

Brassard would certainly address the Penguins need for a skilled two-way third-line center. However, Rutherford would have to shed salary to make room for his $5 million annual cap hit through 2018-19. 

ISLANDERS UPDATE

Despite the New York Islanders’ successful arena bid for Belmont Park, Nick Kypreos reports there’s been no contract talks slated between the New York Islanders and John Tavares heading into the New Year. That could be bad news for Isles fans. Kypreos said the real feeling is Tavares could wait this out until after the season and perhaps examine the free-agent market in July. 

NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple recently reported the New York Islanders’ goaltending situations “is untenable”. He pointed out the current tandem of Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss combined to allow 123 goals in 36 games with no shutouts. Looking at possible trade options for GM Garth Snow, Staple lists Detroit’s Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek, Buffalo’s Robin Lehner, Arizona’s Antti Raanta and Vancouver’s Anders Nilsson as possible trade options, as well as their flaws. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, Tavares could test the UFA market in July. He could also just as easily re-sign with the Islanders. It wouldn’t be surprising if he waits to see how this season plays out. If he feels the Isles are serious about building a winner around him, I believe he’ll stay put. 

Of the Wings goalies, Mrazek is the trade candidate. While the Wings could be willing to pick up part of his $4 million salary-cap hit, the decline in his play screams “buyer beware!”. I concur with Staple that Lehner could be the best of this bunch. He could improve playing on a better club but his injury history is a concern. I don’t see the Coyotes or Canucks moving Raanta or Nilsson. A better option could San Jose Sharks backup Aaron Dell, but the asking price could be a scoring winger. 

LATEST ON THE BRUINS

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reported Saturday the Boston Bruins have a right wing and a left-side defenseman on their post-holiday freeze wish list. He suggests Thomas Vanek, who’s on a one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks, could address that right-wing need.

Finding a left-side blueliner, however, could be more difficult. The Bruins have always thought highly of Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin but the asking price would be expensive, perhaps Brandon Carlo either prospects or draft picks. Shinzawa lists Los Angeles’ Alec Martinez, Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson or the New York Rangers’ Brendan Smith as more reasonable targets, though they’re not cheap in salary. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Bruins target Vanek they might have to wait until closer to the trade deadline to land him. As long as the Canucks remain in playoff contention they’ll be reluctant to move him.

There was talk earlier this season of the Kings moving a defenseman like Martinez if they felt they needed to add a scorer. So far, however, they seem to be doing fine in that regard.

If the Bruins are interested in Ericsson I daresay the Wings would love to shed his $4.25 million cap hit through 2019-20, but he also carries a full no-trade clause this season and he might not want to go to Boston. Smith is in the first year of a four-year deal worth $4.35 million annually and has a 15-team trade list. Given his struggles this season with the Blueshirts, I don’t think the Bruins will take that gamble. 

NO INTEREST IN FUCALE

TVA SPORTS: The Montreal Canadiens attempted to trade goaltender Zachary Fucale in recent weeks but couldn’t find any takers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another reason why the Canadiens probably won’t shop Charlie Lindgren. It appears the once-promising Fucale will never reach the NHL on a full-time basis. 

 








72 Comments

  1. Would love to see Rangers get rid of Smith. Still think we panick signed him thinking we couldn’t get Shattenkirk. Contract isn’t as bad on a team with a need, especially if cap goes up. Rangers have too much $ tied up on D. Staal 5.7m, Shatty 6.5m… Skjei rfa next year and McD UFA year after will need raises. Rangers need center help. Spooner? Holden also a cheaper option for Bruins

    • I would have preferred they just keep Girardi for 2 more years them bought him out if not tradeable with only 1 year remaining & only being paid 4 mil in actual salary, Smith isn’t better & Girardi’s buy out coupled with Smith’s contract costs NYR more than Girardi did.

      Girardi has played as TB’s 3# by TOI/GP & is doing what Girardi does, plays a dependable defensive game, hits & block shots; 7th in the NHL for Dman with 83, logging solid PK minutes.

      NYR was a better team with Girardi than Smith, no money was saved & his buy out over 6 years was simply to extreme especially in the 1st 3 years & as stated above coupled with Smiths over payment.

      • Trust me. I was not happy about Smith signing. I’m ok with G buyout.

      • Just to onerous for me. Even waiting 1 more season would have been better.

      • Staal should have been bought out! Smith is a good D man if allowed to play his game! Shatty is great offensively but still way to many turnovers! Smith is better Defensively! Mac has NO Goals! And has to many turnovers also and is finally starting to come around. Krieds maybe traded before his No Trade kicks in. He was pulled from tonight’s game with no visible injury. Wait and see.

  2. Letang or Kessel might be traded, if I’m Buffalo I would demand Sprong included in any trade for Kane or O’Reilly.

    • Kessel isn’t going anywhere. Getting rid of LeTurnover would be addition by subtraction. As a Pens fan I’d rather have Kane than Brassard. What’s with all this 3rd centre production talk? Like Nick Bonino put up impressive numbers I suppose? Pens need Kane tonight vs. the goon Blue Jackets.

      • Last year Bonino and Cullen had 39 and 31 points respectively. This year Sheahan and Rowney have 10 and 4. That’s on pace for 23 and 14(if Rowney hadn’t already missed so much time. That’s a huge drop off. The Penguins don’t need a winger and they don’t need muscle they have 2 of the toughest guys in the league on their team already.

      • Don’t understand why everyone is so quick to wanna trade Letang. Dude is coming off of NECK SURGERY. It’s gonna take some time to get all the way back to how he was before. Sid didn’t just come back from a concussion/neck issue and go right back to completely dominating. It took some time. Alot of “Pens fans” here in the city are ready to rip the team apart and start over like we didn’t just win back to back cups. Write this year off and come back ready for next year.

      • Does the coach like having Kessel? Today NHL channel said Kessel on his way out

      • Goon Blue Jackets?? Seems like the Pens were the ones gooning it up last game. More whining.

      • Any team would love to have Letang. There’s a good article on his struggles at TSN.ca. You might want to read it, Ed. He’s in good company this year in Pittsburgh.

      • I’m a 30 year Pens fan and I have no issues with Letang. He I see not playing worse than any of the other stars. Just like 2 years ago about this time the Pens need an injection of youth N hunger.They absolutely need to make some trades but none of the top guys. They have given way more ice time to Sheahan and Oleksiak than their former teams and they have produced their own ways. It would take a huge package for me to consider trading Letang at this point.

    • Kessel isn’t going anywhere period….. Letang may be gone, and Cole almost 100% will be gone, probably Hagelin, and Sheary..shake ups are coming in Pittsburgh..

      One of the teams Letang will waive his no trade is the montreal BEING A Canadien kid..

  3. There is no way Isles can let Tavares walk. He is face of the organization. How do you build a new arena and fill it with fans when you consistently let your star players go? He will get 8 year deal, unless he really would rather play elsewhere

  4. Well Mr Benning, this is why you got Vanek in the first place. If a team comes calling and you can get something decent, you best be trading him.
    We are now 10pts out of a playoff spot and Horvat/Bartschi aren’t back for a while yet along with other injured vets.
    Don’t drag your feet till the 11th hour and screw this up
    There are a few others you can shed as well

    • If Vancouver is serious about rebuilding would they consider moving horvat and bartschi? It would reason to me that keeping them until their value is gone is pointless when you can peddle them to any number of cusp teams this year. Why wouldn’t they just put a price tag on everything?

      • No

    • Vancouver is 5 points out of a playoff spot.

      • True but they are also 7 pts behind SJ for the 3rd spot. Kesler returns for Anaheim which should be like adding a free agent for them.
        Meanwhile Canucks are still without Horvat, Baertschi, Sutter, Tanev, and a few others

    • Maximum value for Vanek will be achieved at the trade deadline when most of his salary has been paid & more teams will be in a position to bid. He should return a 2nd & a B prospect or a 2nd & another pick. Although at last seasons trade deadline teams showed more restraint over paying for rentals than in previous years.

  5. No thanks, i’ll take a pass on Vanek, but could definitely use a left side dman. Carolina has an abundant of them but light on the right side. Maybe Boston could move a rd for a ld and depending on who, see what else need to be throwing into the deal, prospect or pick(s)

    • Ya Caper, no thanks on Vanek. They are fine down the right side with Pastrnak, Backes, Bjork and Acciari. If they decide to add a LD by the deadline, I think it will be a rental and on the cheap.
      The next up for D prospects are Zboril and Lauzon, both LD. Both will get an opportunity to earn a spot with Boston.
      The youth movement will continue.

      • Vanek could play the left side as well but I agree. I say stay the course be little if anything & only if cost is right. McQuad is due back any day, I assume that pushes Grzelyck back to the minors & he played well.

        Boston has already dressed 9 rookies this season, 5 of them in more than 26 games, Grzelyck has played 16. Boston has yet to dress a healthy roster this season, they may be able to very soon, they whethered the storm & sit comfortably in 3rd in the Atlantic 2 points back of Tor with 3 games in hand.

        There is nothing urgency to do anything. Unless it meets a long term need I don’ t rent anyone. That includes me bing Spooner. Not sending her m out for a rental or as part of a trade for 1.

      • Sorry having a serious lagging issue that makes posting virtually impossible & picking up the errors a serious pain. Weird computer issue happening in both Google, Explorer & on 3 different pieces of hardware.

      • Ya Grezlyck has been good considering his lack of experience.
        They have drafted heavy on the D side in the first 2 rounds for 3 years, these guys are coming now and they need a place to play after a year or 2 in Providence.
        Any body know what happened to Lauzon in Providence, he’s been out for more than a month.

  6. I’m a Habs fan and don’t have particular interest in Letang, but it seems like a fit in Montreal, maybe (and not to do with his being French-canadian, thought that never hurts):

    Former/potential #1D with puck-moving ability and who can be had relatively cheap due to injuries and on-ice struggles. (Yeah, right, to thinking anyone will give four parts for Letang!)

    Plus, Habs have cap space for him. If Pens see Galchenyuk as a possible 3C…

    • Yeah Letang is one of a handful of dmen that have averaged almost 30 minutes a game playing in all situations. Galchenyuk alone is not getting it done. Letang is still a number one right handed dman(rarest of all dmen.) He has had a bad start but so has most of he team. If NHL players were in the Olympics this year there is no doubt Murray with Holtby and Price would be one of the goalies and he has had a forgettable year. It’s just been a bad start for the whole team across the board. But after an emotional win tonight I think the team will turn around their fortunes and they will make a couple of minor trades and if they barely make the playoffs I feel sorry for the team that plays them in the first round even if it’s Tampa.

  7. Wow, another Canadian report saying it is bad news for Isles fans that Tavares hasn’t resigned. Shocker. If you were on the verge of signing the largest contract of your career and could demand anything and everything you want, wouldn’t you wait until the last minute? He now has the arena (shovels in ground in Spring) and now he will see if the Isles will make a move at trade deadline for D or goaltender to make them a legit contender. He is going to get the money anywhere he wants and I can tell you this, he is very settled on Long Island based on where he lives. He isn’t going anywhere. Big house, beautiful town. Not going anywhere. Just like Stamkos was leaving for Canada until he wasn’t. JT is staying. Stop the nonsense trying to get Maple Leaf and Canadiens fans thinking he is coming to be the #2 center behind what they already have (while needing to sell off half of the team to afford him).

    • Geez….your no fun!

    • I agree with it very unlikely Tavares is going anywhere & may well play out very similar to Stamkos.

      I don’ t see NYI pursuing anything significant at D, loading de Haan was unfortunate but youth will play. NYI protected 5 Dman in expansion for a reason. & what really ails their goaltending is the run & gun style they are choosing to play. No goalie is posting solid #’s behind that system nor will there be any viable options until we hit the UFA market this summer.

      Lehner is the best goalie being bandied about but Buf isn’t trading him, none of the others available is an upgrade. What you see is what you get.

  8. Letang dash 5 in last 10 games. He is not the same player. I have watched him a few times this year and everything is off, his decisions and passes. Hopefully he returns to form.

    A lot of money on defence with him and Weber in MTL

    • The way letang is playing I think the pens are holding money no matter where he goes with that contract.

      • Eye roll

    • aGREED Letang has been off but finally has played better the previous 3 games before the trade freeze. I think he will return to form although found out today he has a lower body injury day to day..convienient right..freeze ends

    • Pit has played a brutal schedule, that has partly lead to playing for on behind often & being forced to open it up. Travis Yost posted some interesting #’s on TSN the other day.

      Also as mentioned h is returning from surgery. What ails Letang is Pit inability to score & Murray’s inability to stop the puck making everyone look bad.

      I had asked over a month ago if Pit fan’s had concerns about Murray’s Play? I will add the following now. Is not having MAF as a safety net effecting Murray’s mental game? Is the pressure of truely being the #1 impacting his play? This will fix it self over time but not necessarily this season. See Hellebuyck in Win last year.

      • That’s total BS on the part of Murray. He’s suffering from a big game let down the same as the rest of the team and a sophomore slump the same as Guentzel, Sherry, Rust, Dumoulin, etc. When he’s engaged he’s unbeatable when he’s not he’s not experienced enough to have the mental, fortitude to play down to some levels. And he will figure all of that out and when he does he will be spectacular. He’s still a young guy and his safety net is another younger, hungrier guy than himself who has better numbers this year. MAF is the worst of the 3 at this point. If anything Murray is worrried about losing his job to the younger kid and in the future losing it to Swedens number one at the WJCs right now. The Pens only need 2of them.

  9. Letang would be a phenomenal high risk high reward player for a team lacking a top d man… if they can buy low. Paying top dollar for him as if he is a top 10 d man like he was in the past would be a bad gamble… paying the cost of a top 3 d man might be worth the risk. hard to find comparables in recent years… hall Larson comes to mind. but compare that return to methots, who some saw as a legit top 4 d man. big difference between one of the leagues top lw vs a 2nd and 7th rounder. letang can limit himself to contenders who don’t want to part with current talent… and to teams without cap space to take him. Letang might be a perfect target for Vegas if he wants to play with BFF MAF. get a center and a depth d man back?

    • Is Letang the type of player Housley would want on the backend with Risto and Scandella? Pair him with Bogo and allow Bogo to sit back and not have to join the rush? (until they replace him)
      Perhaps Letang for Kane as the foundation of a trade?

      • Why? How does this help Pittsburgh getting another winger? You want to keep Ruhwedal and Hunwick in the top 6? What a terrible idea.

  10. Don’t see the Bruins doing to much I said before if they get healthy they will be fine. Rask needs to be solid and the kids need to keep developing in the right direction. Charlie and Jake are pleasant surprise’s for sure not sure how good these two can be.

  11. I actually think the reason the Wings are playing Howard so much is that they are showcasing him. Trading Howard gives them instant cap relief for next year. Isles would be smart to make that trade for Halak and a pick or prospect. Howard is solid and playing better than numbers indicate

    • Howard has been playing as the #1 goalie going back to early last season as Mrazek has been brutal. Det would have loved to move either goalie at almost any point to free up cap space but Mrazek is essentially a rental as no 1 is qualifying him at 4.15 his current actual salary & Howard’s term procluded them from moving him with out eating serious salary. Leading up to next seasons trade deadline Howard will be tradable, his NTC is fully gone his salary drops to 4.25. Detroit will need another goalie signed 1st as Mrazek won’t be retained, he will walk as a UFA not having been qualified.

  12. Leftfield here, and I know it sounds crazy BUT since Columbus seems to be looking for a center and the Isles have an up and coming stud in Barzal……perhaps Snow serious consider trading Tavares to CMB for a massive pool of NHL young and ready players including their young goalie?

    Wennberg? Korpisalo? Milan? Bjorkstrand? 1st? for Tavares/Bailey/HoSang?

    Barzal/Wenneberg the future in the new arena and now they have a young goalie along with them to stop the puck =)

    Do it sooner than later to set certainty for the fans…. and get a bethel of good young NHL players you have going forward for a decade…..

    • ihatecrosby,
      On the surface, your trade idea sounds like a win for the Jackets and questionable for the Ilses. Were I the Ilses GM, I wouldn’t do it. However, with the Jackets having the majority of their core players coming up as RFAs and UFAs in the next two years, I don’t see Jarmo making this trade, either, considering how much Tavares will be able to demand in salary. Further, I don’t see Jarmo trading Korpi, since it is possible that Bobrovsky will walk, in two years, right about the time Korpi should be ready to take over as the starter. And Bjorkstrand is becoming too important to the Jackets’ forward group to be traded without getting another winger in return who, unlike Ho Sang, can provide a decent amount of offense and be responsible defensively.

      • I think they will lock up BOBO in net for 7 years….. When he is focused and healthy he is that good. This is the perfect time to make a cup run. Pitts seems weakened. The Caps are not as deep as seasons past. This would be the year to show CMB fans this is the year for the cup. With their depth…I cannot see Tavares not considering them going forward IF they win the cup this year together. Just thinking aloud.

      • So, you’d pay big bucks for Bob (BTW, calling him BoBo and the team CMB shows that you aren’t a Jackets’ fan. It’s Bob and the Jackets, or, if you must, CBJ.) and Tavares. Even though it means watching Panarin walk due to the cap? And as many as seven core players? Glad you aren’t the Jackets’ GM.

  13. Bruins trades suggested make Bs worse – not better. Continue with youth movement.

    • Agreed.

  14. At this point Letang has finally showed signs of life before the freeze making better decisions the last 3 games. He does have 25 points in 37 games shocking since he never shoots the damn puck..He will regain his form, but at this point I would take Galchenyuk and Jordie Benn and call it a day!
    GAIN ABOUT $1.2 IN VALUABLE CAP SPACE AFTER THE DEAL PUTTING THE PENGUINS RIGHT ABOUT $3 MILLION IN CAP SPACE.

    • I wouldn’t. Gelchenyuk & something but why Benn?

      If rumors are to be believed & somethings brewing with Montreal, Gelchenyuk, Hudon, a 1st & ? Even as an injury prone Dman the cost to acquire Letang won’t be discounted significantly if at all, as when he plays he produces. He sits tied for 6th in scoring for Dman, 2 points out of 2nd. He has fired 111 shots scoring on 1.8% almost 4% off his career average.

      He’s coming off surgery his timing is off but that could be said about everyone in PIT.. No team has played more games in the last 2 years add in the World Cup & that’s a ton of hockey in a short period of time.

      If everyone else was playing to norms in PIT Letang would be leading the league in scoring for Dman. He won’t be discounted in trade.

      • Galchenyuk,Hudon and a 1st? Pitt would be eating half the salary of letang! With his cap hit and injury history you’re dreaming with him getting that much. Bob Mac said on radio if letang was to be moved Pitt would be holding salary/ giving pics to move him

      • Jordie benn ia solid depth defensive defense man which we need can play 2nd pairing if necessary or third pairing..

        schultz dumolin
        cole matta
        benn oliennzak/rudewhel/ hunwich

        i think Rutherford will bring in another depth guy too like he did hainsey last year

      • I don’t see it although I respect no 1 more than Bob Mackenzie when it comes to the talking heads.

        I see know way Pit is eating 1/2 of Letang’s salary. That’s makes zero sense to me. I mil, mil & a 1/2? quite possibly depending upon what else is moving around in such a deal.

        Letang may have warts defensively but when healthy 1 of the best offensive Dman in the game & you win by scoring more goals than the other team. Something Pit isn’t achieving at present being minus 14 in goal differential.

        Letang hasn’t been the problem sitting 2 points out of 2nd in scoring by Dman.

      • 🙄

    • I would call for Rutherford head if he traded Letang for Galchenyuk and a replacement level dman that is a worse player than at least6 guys playing in WBS. What a BS bad idea.

      • Jordie Benn is worse than Hainsy and Lovejoy put together and that is abominable. He is below Pedan, Benggston, Tinordi, Summerz, Trotman, Czuman, Prout, Taylor, etc and none of them really belong in the NHL except Benggston.

  15. Letang to Montreal for Galchenyuk if Habs take the whole contract makes sense. Then they need to pry Bozak from TO. To me that would be Sheehan and a pick. The pick would be contingent on what ever comes with Bozak. If it was a high-end prospect like Neilsen, Bracco, or Johnson it could be a first if TO throws in one of their second round picks. Then Pit might want Carrick or Hainsy instead?

    Whatever happens TO needs to get Dumba, Trouba Risto (from Sabers) or maybe Petrovick. For the first three at least Carrick or Marincin, a high end D prospect (Dermott, Rosen or Neilson), and a pick (1 or 2) depending on the first two parts.

    Inn addition to those mentioned the Islanders need to look at Pickard in addition to some of the other names. They have a couple young guys coming so trading for someone’s prospect (like Sparks) makes no sense.

    As much as I like the sign Traveres for a year or two in TO to win a cup it really isn’t something that I see him doing. Traveres has shown he is a very loyal guy.

    • Enough already with the Letang stuff. The guy is a top defence man and Pittsburgh needs him.

  16. Letang has 111 shots in 37 games, tied for 3rd most by NHL Dman 1 out of 2nd. Things have away of balancing out over 82 games, Krug was firing blanks until recently as well then presto his averages balanced out rapidly.

    If Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, & co start scoring Letang’s points & +/- correct rapidly.

    With the cap rumored to be increasing to in or around 80 million next season Pit doesn’t have to trade Letang.

    Lets start with promoting Sprong & putting him with Malkin at LW with Kessel or Hornqvist at RW. Put Crosby back with Guenzel on LW & Sheary at RW. Give it 10 games & if it doesn’t work put Hornqvist there. Kessel has never worked well with Crosby as he likes to carry the puck, it effects his play with Malkin as well & he may be better served to go back to the 3rd line with Sheahan, Sheahan can be his defensive conscientious until a better #3 C can be found.

    Brassard would be great but not sure how Pit makes that work nor what Ott gets from Pit to make it work. Others are far better suited to trade with Ott than Pit.

    • And I don’t see Ottowa helping our team that knocked them out of playoffs

      • Uh what?!? Sprong is a RW and Sheary and Guentzel are LWs. Why would the Pens make a rookie play the off wing? If anything Sprong plays with Crosby and Sheary plays with Malkin at LW. But all lol of this is moot without a 3C for Kessel to play with. The o lay thing you have right is that Pitt do ant have to trade Letang and they will not.

  17. CANT SAY I DiSAGREE WITH YOU sTRIKER AL GOD OPTIONS..wxcept there is almost 0 room for error and testing guys here and there…my only concern

  18. Rangers could nab a solid third line centre in Erik Haula. Arm chair GM strikes again:

    To NY Rangers: James Neal (R), Erik Haula (C), Luca Sbisa (D), 2019 2nd OR 3rd Round Draft Pick

    To Vegas: Rick Nash (L/R), Anthony DeAngelo (D), Cristoval ‘Boo’ Nieves (C), 2019 1st Round Draft Pick

    • You must drink a lot while in that armchair

    • Nash, Holden and 3rd rd pick to SJ for Boedker and Demelo

      • And I drink a lot? …

      • Augustus, my trade makes a lot more sense than yours. Nash a good fit in SJ. Probably a team on his list. Better chance the sign him. They reportedly shopping Boedker. A speedy winger who might do better in AV’s offense. On a decent contract. And we get a young right handed D man

    • Just what every expansion team dreams of…. trading away youth for a 30s pending ufa!

      And don’t get me started on Deangelo…. that guy is hot trash!

  19. In my opinion Crosby has not lived up to my expectations (so far). That is capable of changing in a hurry

    The Pens PP is one of the best. How many of his 25 points are on the PP for Letang ? I guess points ranking amongst the peers is important but he is not the same right now and I think it is mentally.Will that get corrected ? Physically appears fine.

    Any trade regardless would have to be considered a block buster-multiple parts. Maybe 5-6 players involved.

  20. They couldn’t give Letang and his toxic contract away

  21. Always predicted a bruins hurricanes trade
    Car is way better than their numbers indicatE so hanifen isn’t going anywhere
    I say bruins stay the course or we trade a 1st and mcquaid for dumba

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